Vermonters Feeding Vermonters
A program to purchase high quality fruits and vegetables directly from Vermont growers to share with Vermonters facing hunger
Every Vermonter deserves access to the fresh, local food that our state has in such abundance. This innovative new program provides Vermonters facing hunger with healthy, local food while supporting the state’s agricultural economy, an integral component of the Vermont way of life.
How does it work?
Our current program focuses on local fruits and vegetables. The Foodbank and farmers agree upon a quantity, price, and delivery schedule prior to the growing season. During the harvest season, farmers provide regular deliveries to one of our three branches. Foodbank staff then distribute the produce to Vermonters facing hunger through our existing channels, including our well-established VeggieVanGo program, delivering directly to school and hospital communities, and through our 215 partner food shelves, meal sites, senior centers and after school programs.
How will this help Vermonters?
Improved health for Vermonters facing hunger – Many of our clients struggle with diet-related illness; 23% of households we serve have a member with diabetes and 46% have a member with high blood pressure. By meeting the needs of our neighbors with fresh, nutritious foods, we can help them achieve better health, lower health care bills, and a higher quality of life.
Security for farmers – This program provides an entirely new market for Vermont growers, who benefit from the security of a known sale of large quantities of wholesale crops. This partnership also offers valuable marketing visibility for local farms, giving them access to new audiences.
A stronger Vermont economy – By purchasing food locally, we are financially supporting the Vermont agricultural economy. This strengthening of our state’s food system and economy helps to create a Vermont where we all have more opportunities to live healthy, fulfilling lives.
A reduced environmental footprint – By purchasing locally, the food that we provide is fresher and lasts longer, with less waste. In addition, this decreases the amount of fuel expended per pound of food distributed, resulting in fewer pollutants in the atmosphere and in our waterways.
- Chappelle’s Vermont Potatoes, Williamstown, Orange County
- Deep Root Organic Cooperative, Johnson, Lamoille County
- Dutchess Farm, Castleton, Rutland County
- Dwight Miller & Son Orchard, East Dummerston, Windham County
- Harlow Farm, Westminster, Windham County
- Intervale Food Hub, Burlington, Chittenden County
- Jericho Settlers Farm, Jericho, Chittenden County
- Laughing Child Farm, Pawlet, Rutland County
- Pitchfork Farm, Burlington, Chittenden County
- Sam Mazza Farms, Colchester, Chittenden County
Thanks for your interest in Vermonters Feeding Vermonters! This upcoming growing season we will be purchasing over 160,000 pounds of local, high quality, wholesale produce from over ten farms across the state. At this time we are unable to partner with additional farms for the 2019 growing season. We will start reviewing applications for the 2020 growing season late fall 2019.
If you are interested in applying to the program for the 2020 growing season please let us know and we will be sure to share application materials with you as they become available. Thanks again for your interest, if you have any additional questions please contact Program Director, Michelle Wallace at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-477-4125.